The Sarojin is a secluded boutique resort set within 10 acres of tailored tropical gardens on the less discovered Khao Lak coastline, backed by ancient rainforest and with it’s own private space on Khao Lak Beach. The hotel has an enchanting feel with peaceful lotus ponds set at it’s heart where birds sing in the mornings and frogs flock in their masses as the sun sets.
Oversized four-poster beds are positioned around the large swimming pool which can be reached by wooden pathways. This is a mature pool fringed with palm trees, manicured lawns and croquet to keep you busy. It’s the spot to soak up the rays while staff are on hand to take care of your every need, regularly topping up your water without you even noticing.
The 56 guest rooms have a calm and private feel. Our Pool Residence featured a huge plunge pool sunk into the terrace with a Thai-style sala to lounge away in your own privacy. Huge bathrooms with oval terrazzo couple’s bath tubs are set on a pebbled floor giving a garden feel.
The hotel spa, Pathways, has won plenty of awards and is not to be missed. Set into the jungle, and privately entered by a meandering boardwalk, the spa is harmoniously integrated into it’s natural surroundings with an estuary running through it while the sounds of birds accompany your treatment.
The Sarojin is perfectly located to visit the Similian Islands. However, it is worth being aware that the Similian Islands are closed during the wet season from May to November. During this time, the hotel can still offer you a boat experience but for this you have to drive an hour and a half back to Phuket to take the Lady Sarojin boat around Phang Nga Bay and with less interest in the trip, the price for guests quickly goes up. If you’re coming during the low season, it makes more sense to stay in Phuket where you have much easier access to the surrounding islands.
The hotel has two restaurants. Unfortunately the beach front The Edge was closed for renovations throughout our stay so we only had access to Ficus. Ficus is set amongst the roots of the enormous fig tree next to the lily-pad filled ponds. With both an international and Thai vegan menus we were spoilt for choice and happily took on the Thai tradition of sharing lots of dishes.
The Sarojin is a romantic hotel. It’s setting is luxuriously peaceful and they made the decision not to allow children under 12 years old which maybe gives it a more grown up feel. Come during November to April to make the most of the area and the beautiful nearby Similian Islands.